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If you saw Toni Braxton’s “Behind The Music,” you know that she didn’t think Oprah treated her well. When she went on her show, shortly after filing bankruptcy, she felt like Oprah wasn’t very sympathetic and instead tried to scold her for her financial irresponsibility. She recalled:
“She was so frickin’ mean to me, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it because I loved her so much…She pretty much reprimanded me.
She says to me, ‘I heard you have Gucci flatware. I’m Oprah Winfrey and even I don’t have Gucci flatware.”
But that was years ago, over 15 years ago, to be exact. And it seems like the two have buried the hatchet because Toni is going to star in a new OWN movie.
Yesterday, during OWN Upfronts, Braxton and Winfrey took the stage together to announce their new collaboration for their project, “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.” If you’ve seen the documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom you may have heard of Darlene’s story. She is the background singer from some of our favorite old school R&B and soul hits.
According to OWN,
“executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story” features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love. Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up. Love will also serve as an executive producer.”
The movie is set to premiere on OWN in December.
The Oprah Winfrey Network recently made their 2014 Upfront announcements and it appears that they have quite the line-up.
First and foremost, the network announced that six-time Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton has been cast to star in an original biopic about the life of actress and singer Darlene Love, “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story.” The film is executive produced by Oprah and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Nellville. Darlene will also serve as an executive producer for the movie.
“‘My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story’ features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love,” the network explains in a press release. “Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up.”
This season, OWN will also be tackling the tale of the “largest race riot in U.S. history, where over 300 people were believed to have been murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma ,” with two-night mini series “Tulsa” (working title). The production, which is still in development, will be starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
“The mini-series centers on Mattie Clay (Spencer), a journalist from Tulsa, who moved to Chicago with the hopes of getting off the society pages and away from racism,” a network press release reads. “Mattie’s journey eventually brings her back home to Tulsa where she must face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies.”
And as previously reported, Tyler Perry’s the “Single Moms Club” will also be making its debut as a series on the network.
Today World Autism Awareness day will be celebrated around the globe as buildings, companies, and websites “Light it Up Blue” to raise awareness for the developmental disorder. Here at MadameNoire we’re shouting out the celebrities who are raising autistic children and other famous men and women who use their fame to further research and treatment for autism.
“Braxton Family Values” fans will be excited to know that the popular series, which documents the life of Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton and her sisters, has been renewed by WE tv for a fourth season.
“WE tv has become a true destination for quality unscripted originals on Thursday nights,” said Lauren Gellert, senior vice president in a press release.
The network has also announced that they will be renewing We tv newbie “SWV Reunited,” which documents the lives of 90s group SWV as “they attempt to heal old wounds and regain their standing on top of the music charts,” for a second season.
“These shows have played a significant role in expanding our audience, reaching new viewers, attracting advertisers and building momentum for the network, and we’re excited to give our viewers exactly what they want by bringing them back for fresh new seasons,” adds Gellert.
Season three of “Braxton Family Values” attracted an average of 1.4 million viewers, while “SWV Reunited” followed up pretty closely with an average of 1.2 million viewers.
Are you a “Braxton Family Values” fan? What did you think about “SWV Reunited”?
If we had to pick one woman who took the cake for being a complete disgrace this week, it would be hard to choose between Nene Leakes and Toni Braxton. Sure Nene may have since apologized for her stank disposition at Kenya’s charity event, which we witnessed during last Sunday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, but we still haven’t fully recovered from the bad taste her attitude left in our mouths.
And speaking of mouths, we’re sort of hoping Toni never opens hers again unless she’s singing after she equated being cordial with her ex-husband to behaving “very white” on Bethenny this week. Sigh. Check out the ladies of MadameNoire going in on both of these ladies in the video above and if you missed yesterday’s edition of “Did Y’all See?” check it out here.
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Am I the only one who longs for the days when the only time we really heard from artists was when they were singing or performing? These days with the constant exposure, through reality shows and interviews with every media outlet, we’re starting to hear a bit too much from people who used to be our faves. See: The R&B Divas. And apparently our favorite singers are not who we thought they were. Enter Toni Braxton. In the past few years with the emergence of her reality show “Braxton Family Values” and now her new album with Babyface, it seems that Toni is everywhere these days. And while we’re happy she’s doing well, some of her comments over the past few years have left us giving her the side eye. In case you’ve missed any of them, check out 9 of Toni’s questionable moments.
Toni Braxton On Getting Along With Ex-Husband After Divorce: “We Are Very Caucasian, Very White About It”
I’m struggling to find the words to properly address the foolishness Toni Braxton said in front of a live studio audience, not to mention the world, during her latest “Bethenny” appearance so I’m just going to put it out there and let y’all have at it.
The recent divorcée appeared on the talk show to discuss her alleged retirement and her upcoming role in “Orange is the New Black,” and of course things got personal sooner rather than later. Apparently during a commercial break Toni talked to Bethenny about living in LA and co-parenting with her ex-husband Keri Lewis, and when the cameras began rolling again she said this on-air:
Bethenny: So on the break we were talking about you living in LA?
Toni: Yes, I am in LA and my ex-husband is there but we get along great. We are very caucasian, very white about it.
Bethenny: You are having a very white divorce?
Toni: We are really. We did.
Bethenny: Really. Then I have a very black divorce, no?
Toni: I got that means, I hate you Jodi, I hate you Jodi. That’s what it means to black people. (“Baby Boy” reference)
Bethenny: Got it, so a white divorce is your are bffs, you can live next door.
Toni: Black people we kind of look and say why is that? Why don’t they hate each other?
Sigh. I just…. Toni, please stop. I forgave you after that foolishness about playing in the snow and how white people’s skin feels different, but talking to a white woman on national TV about how you and your ex being cordial with each other is a white people thing is silly and irresponsible. Way to spread stereotypes — and false information. Ever heard of John and Lorena Bobbitt? Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards? Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger? Shoot, I thought black folks weren’t getting married to begin with, suddenly we’re having ghetto divorces?
Toni, you’ve completed your damaging task for the day. Now please go somewhere, have a seat, and stop opening your mouth unless you’re singing.
Check out the interview snippet in the video below. Thoughts?
Last Thursday evening, we were standing in an enclosed rooftop bar overlooking Lincoln Center, in the heart of Manhattan, surrounded by throngs of other people… and bottles of Gain detergent. Moreover, we were standing there waiting for Toni Braxton to perform.
MadameNoire had been invited to a special presentation hosted by the P&G brand Gain and the Braxton Sisters, with a bonus performance by American Idol contestant Andrew Garcia (no relation, check him out here). The invite said it was to launch the new Gain Flings, but the excitement for everyone there was really getting to hear Ms. Toni, a six-time Grammy winner, belt out a couple of tunes.
And that she did. Not only did she sing the heck out of “Unbreak My Heart,” she stepped off the stage, walked through the crowd and attempted to share the mike with a reluctant audience member. Then she joined her sisters for one-on-ones. Click here for MadameNoire’s on-the-couch interviews with the sisters on our Instagram page.
“The Braxtons have been collaborating with ‘My Black Is Beautiful’ for years,” Banuelos told us. (Both “My Black is Beautiful” and Gain are both P&G’s.)
“They have been using Gain for their entire lives,” Banuelos continues.
Gain detergent is making a bigger push nationwide after starting out in the southern part of the country. Noting that “consumers have a passion for music and for scent,” Banuelos told us the brand is drawing the connection between the two with this collaboration and a hashtag, #MusicToYourNose.
“The core of Gain’s consumer base is ethnic, African Americans and Hispanics,” Banuelos told us. “We have been there. That’s our history.”
In that sense, she says, “the Braxtons speak to that.”
Are you a Gain fan? Thoughts on this campaign? Banuelos described some of the reviews that the Gain brand gets as “almost poetry.” So feel free to share your feelings.
If you look at the personal lives of wonder producer Babyface and legendary singer Toni Braxton, you can see how these two would come together to sing about the ups and downs of love. Babyface divorced his wife, Tracey Edmonds, after nearly 13 years of marriage. And Toni just ended a four year separation and 12 year marriage from husband Keri Lewis. The couple finalized their divorce this past summer. If anybody knows that love can take you on a wild ride, it’s these two.
Hence the release of their new song “Roller Coaster.” The duo blends perfectly as they sing about how despite arguments and not being able to stand the other person, they know they won’t be able to love anyone else. For the chorus both Babyface and Toni harmonize:
“When love is like a roller coaster / Always up and down / When love takes over your emotion / Spins you round and round.”
You can watch the (very graphically impressive) lyric video for the song below.